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|Headquarters||Akron, Ohio, U.S.|
|Key people||Mark Light (President and CEO)|
|Parent||Signet Jewelers Ltd|
Sterling Jewelers, Inc. is an American specialty jewelry company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. The company was founded in 1910 by Henry Shaw (the father of Jerry Shaw, the chairman emeritus of Sterling today), from LeRoy's Jewelers in Lorain, Ohio. Sterling Jewelers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Signet Jewelers Limited (listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SIG), having been acquired in 1987. Sterling is the largest specialty fine jewelry company in the United States by sales and number of stores. The company operates chains of fine jewelry stores in the United States, with 1,414 stores in all 50 states as of 5 August 2008. Mark Light is the President and Chief Executive of Sterling Inc.
Signet Jewelers, based in the U.K. is the world's largest specialty retail jeweler by sales, with stores in the U.S., UK, Republic of Ireland and Channel Islands. Approximately 78% of company sales are derived from the 12 different store brands operating in the U.S. They include Kay Jewelers, Jared-The Galleria of Jewelry, J.B. Robinson, Marks & Morgan, and Belden Jewelers among others (all of which operate as Sterling divisions).
Sterling's main competitor is Zale Corporation, which operates the #2 U.S. specialty retail jewelry chain. According to the company's 2 February 2008 Annual Report & Accounts, Sterling has the #2 position in the U.S. with a 4.2% market share of all jewelry purchases. Sterling has a leading 8.8% market share in the specialty jeweler market share (highest in the sector), compared to Zale Corporation at 6.4% (#2 position).
Sterling has been the largest corporate sponsor of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and holds many fund-raisers for the hospital, always donating all profits made from the fund-raiser. Since 1999, over $30 million has been raised, with $2.4 million in 2006 alone and more than $4 million in 2011. The company also sponsors many other charities and causes, such as the West Side Relay for Life benefiting cancer organizations.
- Kay Jewelers
- Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry
- J.B. Robinson Jewelers
- Osterman Jewelers
- Belden Jewelers
- Friedlander Jewelers
- Goodman Jewelers
- LeRoys Jewelers
- Marks & Morgan Jewelers
- Rogers Jewelers
- Shaws Jewelers
- Weisfield Jewelers
- Ultra Diamonds
- "Sterling Jewelers' parent reports record first-quarter results". Crain's Cleveland Business (Crain Communications Inc.). May 26, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2011.